Christopher B. Linder, Ph.D.



Law School

University of Georgia, J.D. 2000
cum laude


College of Charleston, B.S. Chemistry 1992

University of Georgia, Ph.D. Chemistry 1998, Thesis: Gas Phase Metal Ion Reaction of Small Hydrocarbons

practice areas


Chris is a member of the firm's chemical and biotechnological patent prosecution sections. In addition, Chris' practice involves preparing and prosecuting patent applications primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological fields. Chris works directly with Fortune 100 companies, large research universities and institutions, as well as medium-sized companies, to help them secure and protect their patent rights by developing comprehensive claim strategies. In addition, Chris counsels clients regarding IP due diligence and renders opinions relating to right-to-use and infringement/noninfringement.

Chris manages clients such as Emory University, Stanford University, University of Florida Research Foundation, University of Alabama at Birmingham Research Foundation, and the University of Georgia Research Foundation, as well as manages corporate clients. Further, Chris has experience in preparing and prosecuting trademark applications.


Chris has in-depth experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of chemical compositions, (e.g., organic and inorganic chemistry), polymer chemistry, material science as applied to chemistry and materials, nanotechnology (i.e., nanomaterials and nanomaterial fabrication) and as applied to analytical systems (i.e., arrays, quantum dots, and molecular beacons), textile chemistry, DNA/RNA analysis systems, array systems, compositions, nutraceutical compositions, proteins, polynucleotides, nanopore systems, array systems, spectroscopy systems, mass spectrometry systems, biotechnological devices, medical devices, medical software, microchip chemical compositions, microfabrication of various microchip devices, waveguide fabrication, and photonic devices. 

Since 2002 Chris has facilitated meetings designed to improve integration and cooperation of technology transfer offices of major universities in the Southeast. In particular, Chris currently organizes the Southeast Region Technology Transfer Directors' Meeting. One aspect of the Meeting is to enhance the relationship between corporation and venture capitalists and the universities. The Meeting attracts technology transfer directors from over 30 institutions located in the Southeast, which include all of the major universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well as the CDC and Oakridge Laboratories. 

Chris was featured as a "Rising Star" in Georgia Super Lawyers 2006 magazine.


Chris is licensed to practice in Georgia and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.